Earlier today, I replied to a new comment to my Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool review. Gareth said: Nobody I’ve spoken to knows what the little + and – dents are for on the screw drivers.
At first glance, the + is to identify one screwdriver as for Phillips-head fasteners, and the – is to identify the slotted screwdriver.
But is there more to it?
The Phillips driver is flatter than usual Phillips screwdriver bits and tips, and so I can imagine some users questioning whether it has a different function. Maybe the large slotted screwdriver could be misconstrued as a pry bar? Paint can opener?
And then I noticed the staggered placement of the markers, and the cut-out on the Phillips driver.
I pulled out a Leatherman Wingman from my drawer.
Aha! The markings allow you to quickly find the screwdrivers without having to open the tool first.
It’s a small touch, and one that I missed or took for granted, but it adds to the reasons why I love Leatherman multi-tools. It’s the care and attention to small details like this that separate better tools from the lesser ones.